Hello there! Whoooo’s ready for some turkey? I know I am. I’m usually always flying home to KY on Thanksgiving day, so unfortunately I never get a chance to help with the meal. I cook quite a bit at home, so in a way it’s nice to have a break.

I know there are thousands and thousands of blogs out there with the fanciest, most amazing Thanksgiving recipes. I am not one of them. Not by a long shot. I’ve been scrolling Pinterest for holiday inspiration, but I haven’t actually tested any recipes yet since I won’t be doing any real cooking until Christmas.

Related: The Most Unboring Green Beans Recipe

This Brussels Sprouts Salad is tasty, light and easy to make.However, I tossed together this shaved brussels sprouts salad over the weekend, and the result was what I like to call a “happy accident.” Light, tasty and easy to make. Perfect. Here are the basic instructions—I kind of eye balled the measurements, but you can’t really mess this up.
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For as long as I can recall (years before I became a health coach), I’ve tried to get my (now) husband to be just a little bit healthier. More exercise…less beer…And Oh, do we really need that second pizza? But one thing I’ve learned over the years about supporting a loved one with their health is that they have to really dig deep and want to make changes on their own. Everyone’s history, circumstances, preferences, obstacles and motivators are different, and going on that journey to figure it all out truly is worth it. You may know that already, but the other person needs to see that for themselves.

Related: How to Help Your Partner Become Healthier

Passive-aggressive comments — albeit well-intended — do not work.  Guilt doesn’t work. Bribery doesn’t work. Usually. Making a cinnamon-quinoa bake and passing it off as dessert sure as heck doesn’t work either. Nope. You simply need to lead by example, be supportive, ask questions, but detach emotionally when you need to. Just be there.

Cheering in the crowd for the New York City Marathon 2014.Well, fast forward 8.5 years and that man I met at the Sunburnt Cow (RIP) all those years ago is running in his first marathon. The New York City Marathon! 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Amazing. And the best part is, he came to this incredible achievement all on his own.

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The Trick That Keeps Me Positive After a Bad Eating Day

October 21, 2014

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that although I am a Health Coach, I am by no means a clean-eating little angel. I still have setbacks from time to time, and I’m pretty certain that no matter how much progress I continue to make, I will struggle with emotional eating [...]

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6 Meal-Planning Tips That Make Life a Little Easier

October 6, 2014

Meal planning can be stressful, especially if you have other people in your household to consider. I had a co-worker years ago who argued with her husband on a regular basis about what they were going to have for dinner. While I still can’t full comprehend how a daily meal can cause that much drama, [...]

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3 Healthy Habits That Make All the Difference

September 29, 2014

So many people have an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to losing weight and making healthy lifestyle habits, but please believe that positive changes can happen with small, consistent, MINDFUL efforts. Here are three that I practice regularly: 1. Don’t eat “just because.” How many times do you eat just because… The clock [...]

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Instagram: 5 Ways it Keeps Me Fit, Happy and Healthy

September 21, 2014

I’ll admit it: Instagram makes me happy. It’s a little daily habit that brings me joy.  For some reason, I never feel like I’m wasting time when I’m on Instagram like I do when I log onto Facebook. On Facebook, I feel like I’m hunting and scrolling to find something that piques my interest, but [...]

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